Shaun Of The Dead Review (4.5 of 5)

Shaun Of The dead is a tremendously entertaining horror comedy and a text book lesson on how to tip your hat at past great films of the genre without being accused of ripping them off.

As a horror fan I was dumbfounded by the number of shots that they took from horror flicks like Day of the Dead and An American Werewolf in London and put their own spin on them. This is a very clever film that has BIG laughs throughout.

But it’s not just a collection of homages anyway. This is well written in plot, characterization and is full of witty dialogue. I think Simon Pegg deserves a lot of credit for his part in the writing.  I think the lack of Pegg’s input was evident in Director Edgar Wright’s last film Scott Pilgrim. It was a good movie, but seemed to lack the cleverness of Shaun and Hot Fuzz.

The only minor flaw (for me) was that it gets much more serious in tone in the finale than the rest of the film. I did like that the filmmakers didn’t ‘wus out’ on the gore that is typical of the best zombie movies (with Tom Savini FX). You kind of expect that in a zombie flick.

The film’s epilogue is one of the best ever for any genre film. I’ve never walked out at the end of a movie where there were so many people still laughing at that last frame. That’s what movies are supposed to do at their best: uplift the audience.

Obviously Pegg, Frost and Wright work very well together and I hope they have plenty more collaborations to come. This is a great film that can be watched multiple times and where you can see something new about it each and every time.

This gets my highest recommendation. Anyone who enjoys good horror films, great comedies or both should enjoy this to a large degree. 4.5 whatevers out of 5.

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